Jude Fawley, a village stonemason who is thwarted in every attempt to find success and happiness. His chief desire from the time of his youth is to become a religious scholar, but because of his sensuous temperament he is forced into an early marriage. After his first wife leaves him, he falls in love with his cousin and lives with her illegally for several years. The weight of social disapproval forces them downhill. After the tragic death of their children, his cousin leaves him also, and Jude, having turned to drink, dies a miserable death.
Arabella Donn, a country girl who tricks Jude into his first marriage. She has nothing in common with Jude and soon...
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